I said: "Say what you mean,"
but that's not what I meant.

I wanted you to mean what you'd said
back then, when we were still new
and had years ahead of us. But only a few
of those years have passed, and already
we are on a slow and steady decline.

Time is ticking on; I noticed, and I asked.
"Say what you mean," I said, and at last
you said what you meant.

It was not what I wanted. I had hoped
for a rope back the slippery slope -
but no. You said what you meant.

Perhaps you never meant what you said
back then.